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London: Climb The Roof of The O2 Arena

1. London: Climb The Roof of The O2 Arena

Discover stunning views of London and experience the thrill of climbing the O2 Arena with this attraction ticket. Leave your fear behind with high-quality climbing equipment that is regularly maintained to high standards and the help of your climbing guide that is with you every step of the way. Put on your climb suit, boots, and harness. Become a true urban mountaineer. Ascend the O2 Arena, a London landmark, and cross the walkway suspended 52 meters in the air. At the top, take in panoramic views over Greenwich, the Olympic Park, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Canary Wharf, and The Shard.  Climb during the day and enjoy the clearest views for miles, at sunset for a romantic experience, or opt for the twilight climb and marvel at the twinkling city light. 

Big London Ticket: London Eye, Big Bus & Thames River Cruise

2. Big London Ticket: London Eye, Big Bus & Thames River Cruise

Discover the best of London with a hop-on, hop-off tour on-board an open-top, double-decker bus and enjoy a trip on the London Eye as part of your ticket. A hop-on, hop-off tour is the ideal way to discover the best sights, landmarks and attractions of London at your own pace. The tour gives you unlimited use, with stops strategically placed at all the places you would like to visit including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge and St Pauls Cathedral. Hop off the bus at Westminster Bridge to take an unforgettable ride on the London Eye. From the top, you can take in the breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of the city's impressive skyline. See the city's most famous sights including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament from an unrivaled bird's eye view. You can start your tour at any of the Big Bus stops. Popular starting points include the London Eye, Marble Arch, Victoria Station and Trafalgar Square. With all ticket types you can enjoy a boat cruise along the River Thames. A Classic ticket includes a single river cruise from the Tower of London to Westminster Pier (in either direction). Departure times vary for the river cruise. You can board the river cruise at Tower Pier (near stop 16) or Westminster Pier (near stop 18). Big Bus route highlights include Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, 10 Downing Street, Whitehall, Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Street, Regent Street, Trafalgar Square, London Eye, London Dungeon, Sea Life London Aquarium, Madame Tussauds, Covent Garden, Bank of England, Monument, St Pauls Cathedral, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, The Shard, City Hall, Lambeth Palace, British Museum, Marble Arch, Mayfair, Green Park, Hyde Park Corner, Harrods, South Kensington Museums, Kensington Palace and Notting Hill.

London: Westminster Walking Tour and Kensington Palace Visit

3. London: Westminster Walking Tour and Kensington Palace Visit

Explore 30 of London's most incredible sights on this attraction-packed historical walking tour that takes you through some of the city's most famous neighborhoods. Listen to your guide as they tell you stories of the history, culture, and legends of England's capital city. Start your tour in the beautiful royal parks and then head on to Buckingham Palace where you can watch the famous Changing of the Guards ceremony. Later, marvel at the architecture of Westminster Abbey, peer into Downing Street and visit the bustling Trafalgar Square. Journey past historical Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament and then onto London Bridge to visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, The Shard, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge, The London Eye, and the Tower of London. After all of this, head to Kensington Palace, which has been home to several young royals over the last 300 years. Walk in the footsteps of royalty in Victoria's re-imagined childhood rooms and the magnificent King's State Apartments. Afterward, enjoy a stroll through the famous Sunken Garden.

London: Top 30 Sights Walking Tour and London Dungeon Entry

4. London: Top 30 Sights Walking Tour and London Dungeon Entry

Start with a walking tour of the history, culture, and legends of one of Europe’s best-loved cities. Head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, on selected days you can watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard ceremony. Head to Westminster, and see Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. Go to the London Bridge area to see Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London. Then, head into the London Dungeon and be prepared to be scared!  Explore a uniquely thrilling attraction that will whisk you way back to the capital's most perilous past. See, hear, feel and smell the chillingly amusing characters of the bad old days as they come to life before you.  See 30 sights in 1 day, including: • Buckingham Palace • Trafalgar Square • Big Ben • Downing Street • Westminster Abbey • Whitehall • Houses of Parliament • London Eye • Shakespeare’s Globe Theater • London Bridge • Southwark Cathedral • The Shard (tallest skyscraper in the EU) • HMS Belfast (Second World War Battleship) • Square Mile • Tower Bridge • Tower of London

London: Top 30 Sights Walking Tour and The Shard Entry

5. London: Top 30 Sights Walking Tour and The Shard Entry

Start with a walking tour of the history, culture, and legends of one of Europe’s best-loved cities. Head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, where on selected days you can watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard ceremony. Head to Westminster, and see Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. Go to the London Bridge area to see Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London. Then, head to The Shard, Europe's tallest building,to see London from up high. Head up The Shard in the high-speed elevators, traveling at 6 meters per second, to London's highest observation decks situated over two floors, the indoor viewing platform, and an open-air skydeck. See 30 sights in 1 day, including: • Buckingham Palace • Trafalgar Square • Big Ben • Downing Street • Westminster Abbey • Whitehall • Houses of Parliament • London Eye • Shakespeare’s Globe Theater • London Bridge • Southwark Cathedral • The Shard (tallest skyscraper in the EU) • HMS Belfast (Second World War Battleship) • Square Mile • Tower Bridge • Tower of London

London: River Thames Small Group Bike Tour

6. London: River Thames Small Group Bike Tour

Enjoy breathtaking views of London’s landscapes on a leisurely half-day cycling tour of both banks of the River Thames. Cycling in small groups, the tour focuses on the history of the people and city, revealing legends and facts about a city that has united against the Great Plague, suffered from terrible fires, and survived wars. You will be riding down streets once frequented by Shakespeare, Dickens, and Chaucer, as well as catching sight of iconic buildings such as the Tower of London, Shard, and more. Stop for lunch at Borough Market, and savor the aromas and taste of artisan produce at London’s largest and oldest food market (at own expense).

London: Full-Day Private Car Tour With Guide and Driver

7. London: Full-Day Private Car Tour With Guide and Driver

Spend the day exploring London at your own leisurely pace. After you have been picked up from your Central London hotel, you will spend the morning seeing Westminster's iconic landmarks. Your guide will show you and explain to you in detail the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey. Following this, you will experience in person the changing of the guard. Your afternoon will later begin with a drive through the City of London passing by the Gherkin and the Shard. You will stop for a guided tour of St Paul's Cathedral before spending time visiting the Tower of London and having the opportunity to see the Crown Jewels.

London: Top 30 Sights Walking Tour and St Pauls Cathedral

8. London: Top 30 Sights Walking Tour and St Pauls Cathedral

Start with a walking tour of the history, culture, and legends of one of Europe’s best-loved cities. Head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, on selected days you can watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard ceremony. Head to Westminster, and see Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. Go to the London Bridge area to see Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London. After your walking tour, head over to St Paul's Cathedral, one of the oldest cathedral sites on the planet, and explore this relic. See 30 sights in 1 day, including: • Buckingham Palace • Trafalgar Square • Big Ben • Downing Street • Westminster Abbey • Whitehall • Houses of Parliament • London Eye • Shakespeare’s Globe Theater • London Bridge • Southwark Cathedral • The Shard (tallest skyscraper in the EU) • HMS Belfast (Second World War Battleship) • Square Mile • Tower Bridge • Tower of London

London: Private City Walking Tour

9. London: Private City Walking Tour

Explore the best of London in this private walking city tour, ideal for newcomers. Your local host will give you the best introduction to the city, taking you to discover the secrets and highlights around London while avoiding the crowds. Discover the best of London Downtown and visit St. Paul's Cathedral, the famous Shakespeare's Globe, and the most beautiful bridges that the city can offer, such as the historical London Bridge. Take a ride in the 'underground' and arrive at one of the most iconic areas of London, Westminster. In this private tour, your guide will explain the history and details of the most important buildings of London, including the Palace and the Abbey of Westminster and Big Ben. Together we will also visit Trafalgar Square and see the smallest police station in the city. Last stop is the beautiful Covent Garden Market. Visit its open-air stores and authentic cobblestone corners, and learn about the history behind one of London’s best markets. Get all the information you need to make the most of your visit to London. If you have children, this private visit to the city could be incredible for them too. Just let us know and we will tailor it for them.

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What people are saying about The Shard

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 11 reviews

Easy to use. As expected. The big bus could be more clear about the route the bus is taking since it is two loops with a main stop in between - it’s does one loop from the main stop then the other loop.

Had a wonderful experience. I had taken my parents and 4 year old for a day out in the big city. They enjoyed every bit of it. Booking tickets in advance was very convenient. Definitely worth the dime.

Nathan was a great guide. He put my 17 year old daughter at ease as she was nervous. Plenty of time to enjoy the experience

Tour guide was wonderful. Great history and current info. Would recommend.

Well informed, felt safe and thoroughly enjoyed it